See How Nigerians Are Reacting To Atiku's Resignation From APC
Earlier today, November 24th 2017, former Vice-President of Nigeria made headlines after announcing his resignation from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Atiku had joined the APC in 2014, and contested in the party's primaries in December of that year, but lost out to President Buhari.
For many, Atiku's resignation comes as no surprise as there had been indications of his disgruntlement with the party.
Most recently, the Waziri Adamawa was missing from an APC caucus meeting in Abuja last month, triggering suspicions that his exit from the party was imminent.
In his resignation letter, Atiku accused the APC of instituting a regime that promoted "a draconian clampdown on all forms of democracy within the party and the government it produced."
He further referred to the party as a dying one owing to the absence of the youth in the government's federal cabinet, and on this note was choosing to leave "after due consultation with my God, my family, my supporters and the Nigerian people whom I meet in all walks of life".
Expectedly, Nigerians have since taken to Twitter to react to the news of Atiku's exit from the party, ranging from cynical to downright hilarious.
Check out some of the reactions below.
I dont get this 'Atiku should resign from politics'. Why should he???— Kingsley (@kingysly_01) November 24, 2017
We supported an old, incompetent & half-dead Buhari in 2015. Same Buhari will recontest in 2019.
But it is Atiku that we want to quit politics.
Una no well...
Atiku Abubakar’s three-year loan deal to APC with an option of permanent transfer has officially come to an end, after PDP activated the buy-back clause in his contract.— Doctor YazzY Olu (@Dr_Yazzy) November 24, 2017
Now that Atiku has left APC, let Buhari order EFCC to arrest him. Only APC guys are clean and innocent, Atiku is no longer a saint.— Adeyanju Deji ???? (@adeyanjudeji) November 24, 2017
Going after his companies alone won’t be enough.
Atiku should have remained in the PDP and supported GEJ for a Second term. Maybe 2019 woulda been easier for him as PDP would have had the power of incumbency. Loyalty has its benefits— Itú Bàbá ìta (@Oddy4real) November 24, 2017
Then there was congratulations from politicans on the other side of the political divide:
I congratulate @Atiku for leaving the APC. It took courage especially as he has wide business investments that are already targets and could be further targeted. I, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, now appeal to Waziri Adamawa, to return to the house he helped build, the PDP.— Ben Murray-Bruce (@benmurraybruce) November 24, 2017
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